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Contemporary Stuffed Animals from Mikki's Collection
Crochet work by Mikki
Thanks to our friend Mikki Brantley, we are doing something a little different. Mikki is an artist emerita from Ashton Drake Galleries. She is a sculptor and artist of exceptional talent who loves sculpting animal babies. She is also a collector of antique German bisque character babies. She has probably forgotten more information about them than this humble blogger could ever learn! Enjoy, and may you find your dream doll at U.F.D.C and the various doll shows and auctions going on in Orlando! Photos are courtesy, the artist.
I love August, season of doll shows and dog days of summer! This month's lavish and beautiful issue is sure to delight. Below are some highlights, along with our usual auction reports, show and auction announcements, and more. Check us on our other social media sites, too, including Tumblr, Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube. We are also shared through ISSUU, Reddit, Facebook, Pinterest Instagram and Deliciious. I will post links, later. We are also featured on blogs I translate into Greek, Spanish, and Japanese. I'm happy to post or send links to anyone interested. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First of all, we have Part II of a fantastic collection of Lenci, with dolls many of us have never seen. If you have been to Italy and looked for dolls there, you will really appreciate this piece. I have great mother\daughter childhood memories of running around the shops in Rome looking for dolls. Enjoy!
Next, we have a great piece on Russian Nesting Dolls that have become iconic, yet as varied as any other type of doll can become. Read this fascination history of how they began, and how they have evolved.
Antique doll collectors are always looking for ways to display and accessorize their dolls. Here is a lovely article about using gorgeous antique boxes as props and accessories. We get to discover another great collectible, accessorize our dolls, and repurpose and renew!
No doll or person can ever have too many clothes! Read this terrific article focusing on an antique doll and her wardrobe. I'm very fond of her trousseau because it reminds me of a similar one my mother created for my first two china heads. Seeing this dresses will inspire you, and you will want to sew for your dolls, too!
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Keeping that in mind, here is a brief rundown of our wonderful July Issue. A gorgeous A. Marque, #50 of a series of 100 dolls, ahs a pencil inscription of "Paulette Louis XV" on her food. She has a Margaine-Lacroix label on her clothes; are you paying attention fashionistas!
Our dear friend and colleague, Samy Odin, has written a wonderful article on other all-felt art dolls from Italy called, "In the Shadow of Lenci." These dolls are dear to me, Lenci, or not, because I brought many home from Italy after a family trip we took when I was only nine. Also, Mme. Lenci and I share a variation of the same first name. Happy Collecting, Italian felt doll lovers and all doll collectors!!
Margo de Laughter shares a great piece on art dolls, "Inge and Harald from the Haralt Art Dolls."
International costume dolls and ethnic dolls began my own collection, and will always be near to my heart. They show us it is indeed, "a small world after all." Linda Holder Baum has written a wonderful piece on Post War Dolls-Frau Margarite Uebel" (Blogger's note: there is a movie about a child named "Margarite," early 60s, involving the return of her long, lost father, a bossy mom and grandma, dolls, and gender twist a la "The Crying Game." I've seen it twice, and can't remember the title! No luck on IMDB. Can anyone help me!!)
All Royalty watches please note the article by Susan Nile and Anne Coleman, "The Brits Wouldn't Do it", about King Edward and Wallis Simpson doll made in Baltimore.
Our Collectibles column features art dolls by Sylvia Natterer, and we have our usual auction updates and upcoming events calendar, as well as much, more.
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